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Indigenous Art and Val Vint at in Elizabeth Dafoe Library

UM Libraries strengthens connection with Indigenous communities

Libraries installs Indigenous art piece by Val Vint

October 28, 2022 — 

UM Libraries strengthens connection with Indigenous communities through the addition of artwork created by Métis artist Val T. Vint [BFA(Hons)/97], which is now housed in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. An official installation event was held on October 26, with Vint sharing the story of her art.  

Vint’s art may be familiar to some, as her 12-foot steel “Education is the New Bison” was unveiled near The Forks in Winnipeg in 2020. It is constructed out of 200 steel replicas of books and other articles by Indigenous authors.

Vint works in large scale public art, painting, fabric work, ceramics, willow, beading and more. After graduating with a fine arts honours degree, Vint also became a designer and worked in theatre, film and performance art.

“Today the Bison is a metaphor for sustenance… Education is Nature – it is the spirit of the Hunt. A hunt for growth and understanding, connection and togetherness that we all need and belong to,” says Val T. Vint, artist who created the art.

UM Libraries strives to create pathways to Indigenous achievement to fulfil the needs of UM’s Indigenous community and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Indigenous knowledges, cultures and traditions are respected in all aspects of our work.

“We are honoured to strengthen our connection with Indigenous communities through the addition of Vint’s art. This art affirms UM Libraries’ commitment to making our services, resources and spaces welcoming to all and free from discrimination,” says Lisa O’Hara, Vice Provost (Libraries) & University Librarian, University of Manitoba.

Vint’s art is located on 1st Floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 25 Chancellors Circle, Fort Garry Campus.


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